Friday, December 27, 2013

A Recipe for Homemade Laundry Soap


My cousin-in-law, Melissa, shared her homemade laundry soap recipe with me. It makes a five-gallon bucket of laundry soap for a very small amount of money. She has three active sons and a husband with dirt-loving hobbies so it must do a pretty good job of washing. Here it is:

Melissa's Homemade Laundry Soap


Ingredients:
1 bar Jabón Zote- white or pink
1 cup super washing soda
1 cup borax

Instructions:
Grate the bar of soap in a large pot then add 10 cups of water. Cook until all of the soap flakes are dissolved (you do have to stir this mixture occasionally). Pour the soapy water into a 5 gallon bucket and add the borax and super washing soda. Mix well. (I use a whisk just to help break up all the clumps.) Fill the bucket the rest of the way with warm water, making sure to mix well. Cover and let sit overnight. It will become like a gel. This 5-gallon mix will be concentrated because this recipe actually makes 10 gallons instead of 5. Use 1/4 cup per load for a front-loading (HE) machine and 5/8 cup per load for a top-loading machine. You'll want to use a bucket with a lid so you can cover your soap mixture.

Note: Zote is a big laundry soap bar from Mexico made with coconut oil and tallow. You can read more about it on the company's page here. It comes in white, pink, and blue bars. Melissa says she usually uses the white bar but has used the pink one before, too. Zote is easy to find in grocery stores in Texas but if you can't find it in your area you could use Ivory bar soap instead. The important thing is to use real soap (not detergent) and most bar "soaps" sold in the U.S. are actually detergents. Ivory is still real soap, though. You could also use homemade soap, although I would be loathe to use up so much homemade soap for laundry use. Washing soda and borax can both be found in the laundry section of well-stocked grocery stores.

Another note (12/28/2013):
I just grated a bar of Jabón Zote to make my first batch! I'll have to get the washing soda and borax the next time I'm at the store. Since my washer empties outside (a greywater system) I will make sure not to water any sensitive plants with this (since they might be bothered by the borax or washing soda). 

2 comments:

  1. I was wondering how this has worked with your grey water system. I have one myself and would like to try this recipe.

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